Derryberry: LibArt displays student and faculty artwork in campus libraries
- Sep. 26, 2012
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Like a good portion of my peers, my chance at artistic exposure ended in fifth grade when I realized I couldn’t draw a perfect circle. Twelve years later, I still have to trace around a bowl to make a semi-acceptable sphere. If nothing else, though, I’ve gained an enjoyment for those who actually do know their way around an artistic medium, and Lawrence is full of them.
While I may not have mastered the paintbrush, pastel, piano or pirouette, many students here dabble in the arts, and the folks at KU Libraries want to make sure they get the exposure they deserve. “LibArt: Student Art in the Libraries” is an exhibit of student artwork displayed in Anschutz, Watson and Spencer libraries.
Whether it’s an art major working on a masterpiece or a business student with a knack for photography, KU Libraries gives students the chance to show off their talent. If you’ve taken a break from studying, you may have noticed the work along the walls of the libraries, but this Friday is the official opening of the exhibit. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the student artists will be on-hand answering questions about their work, so stop by, say hey and grab some of the free food from KU Dining.
The LibArt opening is part of a larger University event called the Campus Art Walk on the same day. Starting with a kick-off event at 1:30 p.m. at Dyche Hall, the event includes stops at various places on campus promoting student, faculty and instructor art. Bring an old blank shirt to the Art and Design building for free screenprinting by the Visual Art Student Club or check out Greek and Roman sculptures at Lippincott Hall. Ponder photojournalists’ work at Stauffer-Flint or attend the video release party for the making of Hashinger Hall’s giant mural. See it all. There are a wide variety of exhibits throughout campus, all of which to be marked by a bright red paper lantern outside of the building.
The Art Walk is also connected to Lawrence’s monthly art event, Final Fridays, when those with an eye, ear or arm for art set up galleries and displays around town to showcase their talent. The event recently celebrated its second anniversary, and again this month, spectators can check out visual, musical and literary arts all around downtown Lawrence. Everything is free to see and runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. so there is still time to enjoy the usual nighttime activities.
It’s a long day full of art in every way, shape and form, so try and see it at some point. College is more than just core classes; it’s a chance to gain a little creative culture, and Lawrence is a mixing pot of artists and musicians looking for a chance to showcase their work. So do yourself and local arts a favor and check out all the talent you and I both wish we could have.